NAME OF STATION
|Gulbicki’s Towing & Auto Repair||603-366-5402||1193 Weirs Boulevard|
HISTORY OF SERVICE STATIONS
Probably Weirs Beach’s first “service station”, the Lakeside Garage was located on the north end of Lakeside Avenue, where the concrete patio of the the Big House is now. It was converted to several different businesses over the years. In the 1950’s, it was the Knotty Pine Grill (a restaurant). In the 1960’s, it was a dance club known as Teen Haven. In the 1970’s, it was the Weirs Beach Playhouse by night, and a bike rental shop by day. In the 1980’s, it became the nightclub “Nashville North”. The country music nightclub was the final use of the building, when it burned down on October 3, 1985.
The Lakeside Garage not only serviced autos, it was also a convenience store. According to a 1921 Laconia Democrat article, G. Henry Davis, who had managed the nearby Tarlson’s store for 20 years, entered business for himself at the new garage. He was the local agent for S.S. Pierce Co. of Boston, and offered a full line of package groceries, canned goods, fruits, vegetables, candy and cigars. Could that be him in the white shirt and tie standing at the door to his shop? The sign over his head cannot be read, but the first sign on the left reads “Fancy Groceries”.
Another early garage was the Blue Sign garage. The garage was located at the junction of US Route 3 (Weirs Boulevard) and Route 11B (Endicott Street East). There is now a parking lot at this corner location. A September 4, 1929 article noted, “All traffic over the leading central New Hampshire boulevard that is going to and from the White Mountains comes into the service radius of this garage…An expert staff of mechanics can be found at the Blue Sign Garage, ready to take care of all automobile difficulties.” On the back side of the garage’s business card, an interesting map of the roads in 1920 appears. For a photo gallery of other early gas and/or service stations in Weirs Beach, click here.